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Attacks on schools in Afghanistan has tripled UN

Attacks on schools in Afghanistan has tripled UN

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May 29, 2019 - 08:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Conflict left more than 1,000 schools closed by the end of last year, with half a million children unable to get an educationinfo-icon, says a new UN report.

UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said in a report on Tuesday attacks on schools in Afghanistaninfo-icon tripled between 2017 and 2018 -- up from 68 to 192.

One factor in the sharp spike appears to have been the use of schools as voter registration and polling centres for last year’s parliamentary elections, the UN agency added.

The Talibaninfo-icon, who banned girls’ education during their rule warned students and teachers in September against allowing the use of schools as voting ventres.

In one high-profile incident last summer, the report recalled, a suicide bomber detonated his bomb in a Kabul education centre, killing 48 people and wounding 67 more.

As a result of the increased attacks on schools, an estimated 3.7 million children between the ages of seven and 17 are out of school in across the country.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said: “The senseless attacks on schools, the killing, injury and abduction of teachers and the threats against education are destroying the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of children.”

From January to October 2018, the organisation identified 45 attacks on schools, students, teachers, and education staff -- nearly half of them taking place in Nangarhar stronghold of the Islamic State.

Afghanistan has a young and fast-growing population but about 3.7 million children, or nearly half of all school-age children, are not in formal education.

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